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TV news footage showing the damage caused by a collision between two naval vessels in the Clyde

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Shots of the Weapon Class Destroyer 'Battleaxe' and the 'Ursa' at Greenock after a collision on the Clyde, with close-ups showing damage to the side with the hull torn back, exposing the interior of the ship. Shots of sailers working on both ships. The Battleaxe is escorted by a tug boat and there are various shots of ships including a brief shot of a submarine.

Questions & Activities


  • What do you think happened to this ship?
  • What types of ships can you see?
  • Why are these ships in the Clyde?
  • What ships are being built on the Clyde today?
  • Why are there warships in the Clyde when there is no war?


History: Research the Military presence and facilities on the Clyde, Loch Long, Gare Loch, Faslane, Holy Loch.

History / Media Studies: Film your own news report interviewing eye witnesses and recording your own voiceover as a news piece. Discuss what other vessels use the waters and the conflict this can create.

Technologies: Study the design of battleships past and present.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-465-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 5296
Date 1960s
Genre TV News
School Subject Geography, History, Technologies, Art and Design, Media Studies
Subject Matter Home Front: World War 2
Who Templar Film Studios (production company)
Where Greenock
Event Shipping, Boats
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 3:24
Film Length 3:24